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FORSYTH — A man-and-woman theft team had stolen clothing worth more than $800 Saturday from a Hickory Point Mall store before they were intercepted and caught in the parking lot, police said.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the 55-year-old woman and her male accomplice, 53, had earlier drawn the suspicion of a Kohl’s loss prevention officer who noticed them while monitoring security cameras.

“She stated she observed two individuals she suspected (of theft) from a prior incident,” said Deputy Joe Herbert, writing in the affidavit.

Herbert described the loss prevention officer watching the couple as the woman selected men’s sports clothing, and boys and girls clothing items, and the man concealed them beneath a clothing rack.

Having accumulated a pile of more than 30 pieces of apparel they intended to steal, the woman walked out of the store, leaving the man behind, according to the affidavit. “(The man) is observed removing a large white Ross plastic bag from his rear left pocket and places all of the above clothing items inside the bag,” Herbert said.

“(He) then walks out of Kohl’s into the parking lot without attempting to pay for the merchandise.” Herbert said both suspects were then arrested and booked on preliminary charges of retail theft and committing theft while having a record of prior offences. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Both the man and the woman remained held in the Macon County Jail Monday night in lieu of posting bond that is set at $5,000 each. If they make bail, they are both ordered to stay away from Kohl’s.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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